Having a custom portrait session doesn’t need to be stressful,
Here are 3 easy questions to ask your photographer ahead of time
Choosing the right photographer is a little like buying a new pair of shoes. There are lots of lovely shoes out there, we enjoy browsing the high street and peering through the window. When we’re ready to take the plunge we put on a clean pair of socks and head over to our chosen branch. One hour later, after trying on two or three pairs, we leave in style swinging the bag with our shiny, new purchase.
Picking your portrait photographer is just the same.
Take a look at lots of lovely websites, browse what they have to offer and decide if they are the right ‘fit’ for you. When you are ready to take the plunge, give them a call, and ask a few simple questions. Photographers are experts at answering inquiries from new clients. It’s part of the professional service you should expect.
Q1 Where should we meet?
If you google ‘portrait photographer’ you will hit millions, upon millions of sites. Believe me. I’ve tried. Look for blog posts that are recent, up-to-date, and refer to a local landmark in your area. Choosing ‘London photographer’ is a broad term, narrow it down by using specific terms. Once you’ve found a local photographer, you’ve hit gold dust. Choosing a professional who works in your neighbourhood means that they know all the little hide-aways that make for great backdrops. Often they will have used familiar locations that are tried and tested (examples of the best photography locations here). Where should you meet? At your home, in your own backyard, and in a local park.
Q2 What should I wear?
Possibly the most immediate question for anyone preparing for a portrait session. Some photographers style their whole shoot around colours, for example, by asking everyone to wear a muted tone with one colour pop. Picture a happy family all wearing shades of grey, each with an individual touch of colour – mum wears gold ear-rings, dad has lemon stitching on his socks, the siblings are sporting a burst of saffron scarves. I collect brilliant examples of this here to help people plan for their session.
This approach isn’t for everyone. Just like my mission statement – I believe you will look beautiful when you’re comfortable and are true to yourself. As long as you pack clean, ironed and flattering outfits, you will feel stylish. What should you wear? A custom photographer will offer free guidance and advice as part of your package.
Q3 What happens on a lifestyle shoot?
Each photographer will approach their session slightly differently. Who they are will affect the pictures that they are able to take. A shoot will compromise of:
- meet and greet – perfect for getting to know your photographer
- set up and shoot – let the photographer guide you
- review your images – this inspires confidence
- have fun
- repeat – in a new location, outfit or setting
Be sure to dip right in and share news of your own work, along with ideas and suggestions, in the comments. I’ll be posting more ideas next week.